Cartoon December 12, 2014

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Law to Benefit Dead Health Workers, Infants, Ebola Survivors in Sight

first_imgAmidst the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus which has claimed the lives of over 3,500 persons, the House of Representatives is considering  passage of a Law, known as the “Health Workers, Infants and Epidemic Survivors  Protection Bill” for the benefit  of the families of dead health workers, the survivors of Ebola as well as orphans whose parents died from the epidemic.Members of the House of Representatives, in their 13th day sitting of the extraordinary session on Tuesday, unanimously agreed and forwarded the Bill to the Committees on Health and Social Welfare, Judiciary; Ways, Means and Finance and Labor to scrutinize the Bill and report to them (Plenary – the body of the entire membership).The Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, Madam Mildred Sayon, said the joint committee is expected to report to Plenary according to the accepted-and-carried motion on Tuesday, the 4th of November 2014.Montserrado County # 10 Representative Julius F. Berrian said the consideration and timely enactment of the Bill would halt the violent demonstration of health workers in a quest for increment in salaries, incentives and insurance benefits. The de-stigmatization of Ebola survivors will be one of the achievements of the bill.The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Lawmaker,  drafter of the Bill, further said a person who shall stigmatized survivors of Ebola shall be considered criminal and shall be given a two-year jail term.The Montserrado County Representative wrote: “In respect to national emergency, whereby health workers may die during the called duty, this act is purposed to ensure that the benefit, security and protection of said person be inherited by his/her family,” the proposed law said.He also stated: “Knowing the danger posed to health workers and the vulnerability of children (infants) whose parents have died from communicable/contiguous infections diseases in Liberia,  national government shall ensure that health workers and their beneficiaries get insurance with a private and credible insurance company,  which will be responsible to pay their benefits accurately and national government shall give reasonable compensation to epidemic survivors.”Meanwhile, others lawmakers, who begged not to be named,  have declared support for the passage of the bill, but said survivors of Ebola are the same as the children (Infants) so the aspect of the children should be eliminated from the draft bill.The lawmakers argued that even though the law shall take effect immediately upon publication in handbills, the law should include the benefits of those who died as of March 2014.This could the first law, if it is passed by the National Legislature and endorsed by the President, to address the benefits of the dead health workers and the survivors of a disease since the founding of Liberia in 1847.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Sirleaf Returns Today

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arrives home today from Durban, South Africa after participating in the 10th General Assembly of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf will upon arrival attend a thanksgiving service at the United Methodist Church on Ashmun Street, Monrovia. Today is the eve of her 78th birthday,President Sirleaf left the country last Tuesday to attend the IAPB, a global alliance of civil society organizations, corporate and professional bodies promoting eye health through advocacy, knowledge and partnerships.The theme of the 10th General Assembly was ‘stronger together.’The Minister of Justice Frederick Cherue served as Coordinator of the Cabinet in consultation with Vice President Joseph Boakai while the President was out of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ambassador Kemayah Elected Chair of UN Fourth Committee

first_imgAmbassador Kemayah speaking at the United Nations in New YorkLeads Committee to a Successful Start of its Main Session  The main session of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) commonly known as the Fourth Committee, got off to a successful start on Thursday, October 4, with the election of Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative to the United Nations as chair.Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. was elected by acclamation at the first plenary meeting of the Fourth Committee for the 73rd session of the UNGA. The Fourth Committee is one of six main Committees of the UNGA and comprises one hundred ninety-three Member States of the United Nations with equal representation.In his opening remarks following his election, Ambassador Kemayah thanked the African Group of Ambassadors to the United Nations and all UN Member States for the distinction bestowed on Liberia and the confidence reposed in him to lead such an important Committee.“I should also like to avail myself of this opportunity, and on behalf of the President of Liberia George Manneh Weah, the Government and people of Liberia, my family, and in my own name express my deepest appreciation to all Member States for the privilege and distinction you have bestowed upon my country, and on me personally, through my election as Chair of this very important Committee of the General Assembly; particularly so, to the African Group, which considered our expression of interest made upon arrival here at the United Nations, before and after the presentation of my Letters of Credence, and endorsed me as the African candidate to serve in said capacity. I am indeed honored and deeply indebted to all of you for the trust and confidence you have reposed in me by my elections,” he said.A dispatch from Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations quoted Ambassador Kemayah as saying that “Liberia relishes and cherishes the preferment and described it as a step forward in regaining our place in the comity of nations and an increasing aspiration to contribute to global initiatives geared toward the promotion and maintenance of international peace and security, as well as development.”Ambassador Kemayah congratulated Ambassador Rafael Darío Ramirez Carreño of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and members of the Bureau for the skillful and effective manner in which they conducted the proceedings of the Fourth Committee at the seventy-second (72nd) session, and assured that he would do his utmost to ensure that the Committee succeeds in its work.“I wish to assure all delegations that I shall do my utmost to discharge my duties and responsibilities in order to ensure that our work as the Special Political and Decolonization  (Fourth) Committee of the Seventy-Third (73rd)  session of the UNGA is carried out efficiently and that our endeavors yield success. It is my fervent hope that our deliberations can be guided by the spirit of consensus, respect, and understanding,” he emphasized.Taking over the gavel of authority, Ambassador Kemayah chaired the first plenary session and led the committee in approving its program of work and time limits for statements, as well as the establishment of the Working Group of the Whole on Outer Space among others.The Fourth Committee during its seventy-third Session which runs from October 4 to November 16, 2018, will consider a broad range of global issues including decolonization, review of peacekeeping operations and special political missions, relief for Palestinian refugees, atomic radiation, assistance in mine action, as well as the peaceful uses of outer space; which have been captured under sixty three (63) agenda items.Following the adjournment of the first plenary session, several Permanent Representatives of UN Member States congratulated Ambassador Kemayah on his election and splendid performance and wished him and Liberia a successful chairmanship.The Chairmanship of the Fourth Committee is the first for Ambassador Kemayah since assuming his duties at the Permanent Mission of Liberia to the United Nations three weeks ago, and a long wait for Liberia; coming fifty-seven (57) years after the late Ambassador and former President of the United Nations General Assembly, Her Excellency Angie Brooks Randolph, chaired the Fourth Committee during the 1961 Session of the General Assembly.Ambassador Kemayah will be assisted by Saudi Arabia, Hungary, and Ireland as Vice Chairs, whilst the Plurinational State of Bolivia will serve as Rapporteur.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Flyer likes the taste of Red Bull on ice

first_imgThe adrenaline rush brought upon by hockey just isn’t cutting anymore for one of the Fort St. John Flyers.As a result, Adam Horst will strap on the pads and compete in this year’s Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Europe and Canada.The event is comprised of four separate races – three of which will take place in Europe – and one final race happening in Quebec.The players are scored based on a point system. The points are awarded based on their final position at the end of each race.Advertisement Horst is no rookie to the sport. He raced in the Quebec leg of the race last year and finished in fifth place. His fifth place finish earned him enough points to participate in all four events this year.The first race will take place in Munich, Germany on Jan. 15. The event then moves to Valkenburg, Netherlands on Feb.5, then to Moscow, Russia on Feb. 26.The final leg of the race will bring Horst back to where his Crashed Ice career began, Quebec, which takes place on Mar. 19. According to an interview done by Red Bull, Horst says that this is the event he’s most excited for because he’ll get to race in his home country and racing in Quebec has already awarded him success. – Advertisement -The video above gives you an idea of just whats involved in the Red Bull Crashed Ice event. last_img read more

Neighborhood councils come together to have a voice

first_imgEmpowerment. That was the buzzword Saturday during a citywide congress of Los Angeles neighborhood councils hoping for a greater voice in government. On the fifth anniversary of the first of what became 89 neighborhood councils, city officials joined residents in calling for a louder voice of the people. “Are we here to stay? Are we here to have our voice heard?” asked Guy Leemhuis of the Neighborhood Council Review Commission. “Are we here to be empowered here in the city of Los Angeles?” “Yes!” shouted an estimated 1,000 participants at the Congress of Neighborhoods. The city-run congress at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel downtown was a one-day rally for broadening the strength and effectiveness of the neighborhood council movement. Throughout the day, residents breezed in and out of seminars covering everything from public safety and parks to how councils can work to improve city services. One seminar on best practices covered topics including how to obtain trees, paint and trash cans from the city and calling 311 to express local grievances. “I’m excited,” said Vas Singh, 62, on the board of the Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council. “I like the interaction with the community leaders from the different councils. This is an opportunity to interact with city managers. It is good to see the feedback from the mayor.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, speaking about the loss of neighborhood children to gang violence, drew a standing ovation from the congress. “With the neighborhood council movement, we’re seeing the power of people coming together to make a difference,” Villaraigosa said. “Our neighborhood councils must play a significant role in empowering parents to take back their schools.” Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarc n, head of a committee overseeing neighborhood councils, pledged to cut red tape and to double the councils’ annual $50,000 allotments. He also promised better outreach to draw community involvement from neighborhoods lacking councils. “We have the greatest urban model in the history of mankind,” Alarc n said of the council program. “Our challenge of the neighborhood council system is to come together in one resounding drumbeat to bring this city together. “We can’t exclude anybody from the process.” dana.bartholomew @dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Di Maria update: Real Madrid unsure if Manchester United target will stay in Spain

first_img1 Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admits he is unsure whether Manchester United target Angel di Maria will leave the European champions this summer.The Argentine winger has been heavily linked with a move to the Red Devils or Paris Saint-Germain after Los Blancos bolstered their midfield by spending £85million on World Cup stars James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos.But ahead of Real’s Spanish Supercopa first leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, Ancelotti was remaining coy over the 26-year-old’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu.He said: “I don’t want to enter into this theme so I don’t lose focus on tomorrow’s game. Di Maria is available like all the others. He may or may not start the game and has opportunities, but like everyone else.“What I won’t do is put out the same team in both legs. One team will play tomorrow and on Friday I will change it a little.“I don’t know what Di Maria has decided. But I know that he’s training and that he could help us in tomorrow’s match. Until August 31 it will continue the same way and after that everything will be cleared up and things will return to normal.” Real Madrid’s Angel di Maria last_img read more

Will Spector be set free?

first_imgThe judge asked if there was any way he could help, including re-reading specific instructions or clarifying instructions, or even having attorneys re-argue part or all of the case. “At this time I don’t believe that anything else will change the positions of the jurors,” the foreman responded. Polled individually, some jurors agreed with the foreman and others disagreed. One suggested further instruction about reasonable doubt. The record producer is charged with second-degree murder, and the judge previously ruled that the panel would decide only that charge and not consider lesser charges. The judge, however, told the attorneys that he was reconsidering and believed he might have cause to instruct the jury to consider involuntary manslaughter. The judge, amid discussions with lawyers, told jurors he wanted them to take a break and sent them home with instructions to return today. By Linda Deutsch THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The foreman of the jury in Phil Spector’s murder trial said Tuesday that the panel is at an impasse, and the judge told lawyers he was considering allowing the panel to consider a lesser charge. The juror told Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler the panel was split 7-5, but he did not indicate which way it was leaning. “Just set the case aside for the rest of the day,” the judge told them. The defense immediately asked for a mistrial, but the judge denied it on grounds that three jurors indicated further instructions may help. If the deadlock persists and a mistrial is declared, prosecutors would have three options: seek a new trial of Spector, pursue a plea bargain or drop the charges. Spector, 67, is charged in the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting of actress Lana Clarkson, 40. The case went to the jury Sept. 10. Spector and his lawyers looked grim as they left court; Clarkson’s family members appeared sad. Clarkson was killed by a bullet fired from a gun in her mouth. The defense contended in the lengthy trial that she had many personal problems and killed herself either by accident or suicide. Spector was a producer of hit rock music records decades ago, creating what became known as the “Wall of Sound” technique. Clarkson had modest success as the star of Roger Corman’s 1985 film “Barbarian Queen.” She was working as a hostess at the House of Blues when she met Spector and went home with him, hours before she died. The judge ruled in August that the jury would consider only second-degree murder, saying the facts of the case did not support lesser offenses. Involuntary manslaughter involves causing a death through careless acts. The judge told jurors that to be guilty of second-degree murder, Spector “must have committed an act that caused the death of Lana Clarkson.” The act specified is pointing a gun at her and, while it was in Spector’s hand, causing it to enter her mouth. If involuntary manslaughter is presented as an option, the new instruction would say that Spector need only have caused her death by reckless behavior. “If the judge gives this instruction it sends a pretty clear message: If you don’t like murder or nothing, let me give you a compromise,” said Laurie Levenson, a former federal prosecutor.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Why shouldn’t Valley reap benefits of reform?

first_imgLast week, we learned that not one San Fernando Valley school is being considered for inclusion as part of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s privately funded takeover of 334 schools, and only one Valley school is being considered as one of the 44 low-performing schools that Superintendent David Brewer III plans to target for extra attention. That hardly seems fair, considering that the Valley is home to nearly 40 percent of the city’s population and pays a lot more in taxes than it gets in return. Apparently some Valley schools have opted to steer clear of the two heavily politicized reform efforts. Others weren’t as low-performing as those elsewhere in the city, or were undertaking their own efforts. It’s the same old story of misguided municipal socialism: Valley residents commit less crime, so they get inferior police services; Valley students perform better in class, so they get no help; Valley taxpayers pay more so they get less back. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The mayor will have his two “families” of schools to remove from the bureaucracy and bestow millions from private donations. Brewer will carve out his 44 low-performing schools and give them the autonomy to use their resources their own ways. Both are focusing on the neediest schools, which is what consistently happens with city resources. But why shouldn’t Valley schools have the same opportunity to undertake the benefits of self-governance and autonomy? If innovation is good for poor performing schools, it’s certainly good for all schools. And there’s a way to do this without legislation, lawsuits or elections: Give charter reformer Yvonne Chan, principal at the Vaughn Next Century Learning Center, an equal amount of Valley schools to reform. She won’t even need the donations from the mayor’s rich patrons. That’s because the Valley cares, and would rally behind her to make sure that Chan’s cluster of schools in the Northeast Valley showed greater improvement than either the mayor’s or Brewer’s. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

About 100 area activists take to streets

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“But if we keep walking out, we’re just hurting ourselves,” she added. “You couldn’t tell who was doing it for a good cause or who was just ditching. But we still want to stand up for what we believe in.” At El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, about 20 students gathered on the corner of Passons and Washington boulevards to protest after school, but did not march to downtown Los Angeles as planned. An after-school forum on the issue at El Rancho also failed to materialize, though officials said teachers have been discussing immigration reform legislation in history, social studies/civics and other classes during the week. The school was also under fire this week when it was discovered that one of its students was involved in a flag-flipping incident Monday at Montebello High School. In that incident, an American flag was flipped upside down under a Mexican flag on a flagpole. Acting Superintendent Susanna Smith said disciplinary action was taken against the student, but no other details were released. But Smith said the week was unlike anything she had ever seen. “It has been absolutely historical, not only for the staff, but for the students and community,” she said. “We will use it as an opportunity to engage in discussions about the consequences of our actions and freedom of speech.” El Rancho students who came out for Friday’s protest said they will continue to gather at the corner after school in the weeks ahead. “We are not doing this for attention, we are doing this to get our message across,” said Christopher Gallizzi, a 17-year-old El Rancho student. At California High, about 20students stood near the curb outside the school after classes were dismissed, waving a pole that had the Mexican flag back-to-back with an American flag. They had been waiting for other schools, and were upset when they learned the other marchers were already on their way to Pico Rivera. “We’re kind of disappointed that more people didn’t show up,” said senior Jose Romero, 18. “It feels like we took a wrong turn, got hung up somewhere along the way, and now we can’t find anybody.” Law enforcement was stepped up in Pico Rivera because of rumors that another walkout would take place Friday. Whittier police were also on the alert and giving out $165 truancy tickets to any student who wasn’t in class. Thousands of students marched in other California cities on Friday but authorities said the demonstrations were peaceful. There were no reports of walkouts in Los Angeles Unified School District. Big marches in San Diego and Bakersfield and smaller protests elsewhere coincided with the 79th anniversary of the birth of the late Cesar Chavez, the co-founder of the United Farm Workers union who became a champion of poor, Latino agricultural workers in the 1960s and ’70s. In this week’s protests, the students were mostly in opposition to a provision of a bill approved in the House of Representatives that calls for a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigration. Its prospects for becoming law are uncertain. In Washington, D.C., the House has passed legislation limited to tightening borders and making it a crime to be in the United States illegally or to offer aid to illegal immigrants. The Senate, meanwhile, is debating a guest worker program that would offer possible citizenship opportunities. Wire reports contributed to this story. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Expectations of a massive student walkout in the area proved unfounded Friday. Most students not only stayed in class but passed up a chance to participate in an after-school march against proposed immigration reform legislation.Only about 100 Whittier-area students – half of whom were from Whittier High School – participated in a March for Peace, which began about 3 p.m. and also was organized to commemorate Cesar Chavez Day. It was a far cry from earlier this week, when thousands of students from El Rancho, Pioneer, California, Whittier, Norwalk, Glenn and Montebello high schools walked out of morning classes and joined forces for large immigration-rights demonstrations at Norwalk City Hall and downtown Los Angeles. “I marched Monday and Tuesday for seven hours, and it was exhausting,” said Whittier High freshman Sadya Molina, 15, who helped organize Friday’s march. last_img read more